NASA abandons mars heat probe mission following unexpected soil conditions

after two years of trial and error, NASA's heat probe has not been able to dig itself to a sufficient depth.

What Mars sounds like, and the rover's welcome party

Mars is about to be a very busy place when three separate missions arrive at the red planet in February.

How, when to see the Space Station pass over Pennsylvania this week

Look for 3 appearances by the International Space Station this week.

The 12 Coolest 4K Space Videos That Let You Escape Earth For A Few Minutes!

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NASA showed the best photos of the Earth in 2020 - science and IT

Space Agency NASA Published 20 best picturesBuilt in 2020 by astronauts who have lived and worked on the International Space Station (ISS). More details -

Scientists Are Hoping to Turn Mars Green

Scientists are hoping to turn Mars green one day according to a new study in Icarus. The journal

SPACE TO GROUND: See Latest Happenings Surrounding International Space Station

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

Astronomy 2021: Full Moons, Eclipses And Meteor Showers In Hong Kong

Know the date for every celestial event in 2021 with our astronomical calendar that lists every full moon, meteor showers and eclipse to see in Hong Kong this year.

All About The Discovery Of TOI-561b, The 14-Billion-Year-Old ‘Super-Earth’ Scientists Recently Found

Named TOI-561b, the so-called "super earth" planet is almost as old as the universe and twice the size of Earth.

Power Rangers' Shared Universe Could Begin With Its Endgame

The Power Rangers can have their own Endgame.

As the planet warms faster, scientists study  controversial ways to lower temperatures - The Boston Globe

Long considered too risky, solar geoengineering is now being more seriously considered as the threat of climate change grows more dire. But critics say such a test would set a dangerous precedent.

International Space Station will be visible from Houston at 6:35 p.m.

NASA released the best times to see the ISS from where ever you are in the city.

Scientists have identified one of the oldest planetary systems ever discovered

Researchers have identified what they say is one of the oldest planetary systems that has ever been discovered. The planetary system has a rocky planet known as TOI-561b orbiting a star that is 10 …

Scientists discover “Super-Earth” planet

Scientists say they have discovered a new planet described as a “Super-Earth.”

Curiosity Rover has spent 3000 Martian days on the Red Planet

NASA is celebrating a milestone for the Curiosity Rover that’s been on the surface of the Red Planet since August 6, 2012. Curiosity has now spent 3000 Martian days, or sols, exploring Mars. …

Astronomers discover rare 'Super-Earth' outside of our solar system

Astronomers discovered a rare 'Super-Earth,' a hot, rocky exoplanet orbiting one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Astronomers discover rare 'Super-Earth' outside of our solar system

Astronomers discovered a rare 'Super-Earth,' a hot, rocky exoplanet orbiting one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Curiosity celebrates 3,000 days since landing on Mars - RocketSTEM

NASA's Curiosity rover took a mosaic selfie to mark its milestone of 3,000 Martian days on the Red Planet.

Potentially mind-blowing secrets of the universe could be exposed

Unless some all-knowing alien beings enlighten us about things in space that our human brains can barely fathom, the universe is always going to keep secrets from us Earthlings.

The 12 coolest 4K space videos that let you escape Earth for a few minutes

Ultra high-def footage to fascinate galaxy geeks, and the rest of us, too.

NASA declares Insight ‘mole’ probe defunct after it fails to burrow Mars 'deep enough'

“We’ve given it everything we’ve got, but Mars and our heroic mole remain incompatible,” the German Space Agency scientist said in a statement.

Mike Lynch’s Skywatch: Mars meets the Planet George with a sheep watching

I admit that my title for this column is a strange one, but there is an explanation. Let’s start with Mars. Since late last summer, Mars has been a part of the evening sky. In early October, Mars a…

ISS Needs More Solar Panels, Boeing Jumps In to Help

It was not that long ago that the fate of the International Space Station (ISS) hung in the balance, as its operators were scrambling to find funding to keep it running. In the short term, that problem has been solved, and the ISS is now looking to expand.

NASA announces discovery of ‘super-Earth’

NASA scientists have made an out-of-this-world discovery. It may look like a picture of Earth with a dark filter on it, but it’s actually a...

Your guide to the best meteor showers, supermoons and when to see the 'blood moon' in 2021

Mark your calendar for meteor showers, supermoons and even a total lunar eclipse in 2021. The first event happens Jan. 20.

SpaceX Dragon cargo splashes down successfully off the Florida coast

On Wednesday, NASA announced that the upgraded SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully splashdown at 8:26 PM EST west of Tampa, Florida. The successful splashdown marked the ending of the compa…

NASA's Curiosity Rover Celebrates 3,000 Days On Mars

Curiosity, the rover that’s been exploring the planet Mars since it touched down on the Red Planet on August 6, 2012, just celebrated its 3,000th day on Mars on January 12, 2021.

RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet - Casper, WY Oil City News

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red

Ancient Rocky Planet Orbits Its Star Twice a Day | Digital Trends

Researchers have identified one of the oldest planetary systems ever discovered, and it's a strange one.

International Space Station to be visible in skies above Glasgow next week

Hopefully we'll get some decent weather to be able to appreciate the largest man-made object in space as it glides across the sky!

Space hotel: Axiom Space readies for 2024 launch

SPACE may soon be home the hottest new hotel around, if a new startup led by an ex-NASA International Space Station head (ISS) goes according to schedule.

Newly discovered Hot Planet orbits its star twice during every Earth day

A hot, rocky Super-Earth, near one of the oldest stars in the galaxy. The planet is about 50 percent larger than Earth.

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

If the dots on the loading screen were planets, is their motion realistic? And can we actually model it?

NASA's attempt to burrow into Mars met 2 insurmountable obstacles: cement-like soil and an unexpected energy shortage

InSight lander's "mole" was unable to hammer through the Martian soil, and unusually dusty solar panels meant the robot was generating less power.

NASA ceases efforts to deploy Mars InSight heat flow probe - SpaceNews

After nearly two years of struggles, NASA has abandoned efforts to deploy a heat flow probe on its InSight lander into the surface of Mars.

James Webb Unfolds Sunshield - Universe Today

It’s almost time. Soon the James Webb Space Telescope will be on its way to the Sun/Earth L2 Lagrange point and will begin its at least 5-year science mission. Really, it’s going to happen. Despite several delays since the program began in 1996 and a budget that has exceeded the original by several billion dollars, … Continue reading "James Webb Unfolds Sunshield"

NASA announces discovery of planet with three suns

NASA have revealed the discovery of a new planet that orbits around three different suns.The planet, named KOI-5Ab, was discovered by NASA's...

How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? A New Answer From the Darkest Sky Ever Observed

According to new observations from the New Horizons spacecraft, the number of galaxies in the universe is likely in the hundreds of billions, not trillions.

Bob McDonald's blog: Robotic animals could boldly go where wheeled rovers can't

SpaceX Cargo Dragon Splashes Down Loaded With Science Experiments

SpaceX’s upgraded Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 8:26 p.m. EST on Wednesday west of Tampa off the Florida coast, marking the return of the company’s 21st contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA.

Thanks to Perseverance, We're Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like - Universe Today

Many consider the various rovers we’ve sent to Mars as the next best thing to sending a geologist to the Red Planet. Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity have carried all the necessary equipment similar to what human geologists use on Earth, and are able to navigate the terrain, “see” the landscape with the various cameras, pick … Continue reading "Thanks to Perseverance, We’re Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like"

NASA to Host Virtual Briefing on February Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

NASA leadership and members of the mission will discuss the agency’s latest rover, which touches down on the Red Planet on Feb. 18.

NASA Mission Suggests There Are Fewer Galaxies Than We Thought

NASA’s groundbreaking New Horizons mission is revolutionising what we understand about outer space, but its latest finding has suggested that there might actually be a whole lot less out there than we first thought. Data from the New Horizons spacecraft, NASA’s third interstellar mission, has shown that the universe is actually darker than previously estimated, …

Scientists Say There Are Likely Fewer Galaxies in Space Than They Previously Thought

Researchers from NASA and the the University of Johannesburg explain their findings behind magnetars and the amount of galaxies they see in space.

Reddit debates if a Cheeto can damage the International Space Station

Redditors are weighing in on a seven-year-old's question: 'Could a Cheeto destroy the ISS?' 'Scientists' gave their answers with many saying it would vaporize and leave an orange stain.

Building a Giant 2D Map of the Universe to Prepare for the Largest 3D Map

Before a dark energy telescope instrument can begin producing the largest 3D sky map yet, researchers needed an even bigger 2D map of the universe.

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of January 11, 2021

The week of Jan. 11, scientific investigations conducted aboard the International Space Station included studies of perception of motion in microgravity, capturing footage for a virtual reality series about life on station, testing of a new spacesuit cooling system, and monitoring adaptation of the body to space.

SpaceX rolls out Falcon 9 rocket for another Starlink mission

SpaceX rolled out a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday night to pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for liftoff with the next 60 Starlink internet satellites, but officials pushed back the launch by 24 hours until Tuesday to await improved weather in the offshore booster recovery zone.

Watch a live view of the Falcon 9 rocket at pad 39A (members only)

Spaceflight Now members can watch a live view of pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where SpaceX is readying a Falcon 9 rocket for launch with 60 more Starlink internet satellites.

Virgin’s satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time

An air-launched rocket built by Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached orbit Sunday for the first time, delivering 10 experimental CubeSats for NASA and positioning the company for the start of commercial operations.

NASA studying cause of early end to NASA moon rocket test-firing

A critical test-firing of NASA's Space Launch System moon rocket in Mississippi ended just 67 seconds after it began Saturday, well short of a planned eight-minute burn that was supposed to clear the way for the space agency to finally ship the rocket's core stage to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch preparations.

The four RS-25 engines at the bottom of NASA's first Space Launch System core stage shut down about a minute into a ground test-firing Saturday that was supposed to last more than eight minutes.

NASA takes a chance on Virgin Orbit with company’s second test launch

On its second launch attempt after a propulsion problem prevented its light-class air-dropped rocket from reaching space last year, Virgin Orbit will try to deliver 10 experimental CubeSats into orbit as soon as Sunday on a mission booked by NASA five years ago for $4.7 million.

A critical test-firing of the Space Launch System's core stage engines cut off about a minute into a planned eight-minute burn Saturday on a test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The rocket's four engines ignited at 5:27 p.m. EST (2227 GMT) for a test that was to pave the way for the core stage's shipment to the Kennedy Space Center for launch preparations.

Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch attempt Saturday for its first mission of 2021 to review sensor data. Officials did not immediately set a new target launch date. The company's light-class Electron rocket is set for launch from New Zealand with a small clandestine satellite for OHB, a German aerospace company.

NASA proceeds with SLS booster stacking in Florida before core stage arrives

NASA ground crews at the Kennedy Space Center are continuing to stack segments of the Space Launch System’s side-mounted solid rocket boosters on a mobile launch platform inside the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building.

NASA’s huge moon rocket faces critical test-firing before first launch

A critical test firing Saturday of the four main engines powering the first stage of NASA's gargantuan Space Launch System moon rocket is the final major hurdle before the fully assembled booster's costly, oft-delayed launch late this year on an unpiloted test flight.

Pictures from space! Our image of the day

The Hubble Space Telescope spotted a growing, gaseous supernova remnant, known as 1E 0102.2-7219, from a supernova explosion that occurred 1,700 years ago during the fall of the Roman Empire.

Now-dead radio telescope finds bizarre venomous-spider star

Data from the now-destroyed Arecibo radio telescope has revealed a bizarre new type of hybrid venomous spider star.

A neutron-star crash spotted 3 years ago is still pumping out X-rays. But why?

Three years ago, two neutron stars collided in a cataclysmic crash, the first such merger ever observed directly. Naturally, scientists kept their eye on it — and now, something strange is happening.

Citizen scientists create 3D map of brown dwarfs in our sun's neighborhood

A citizen scientist group has created the most complete map to date of brown dwarfs neighboring our solar system.

On This Day in Space! Jan. 18, 2002: Gemini South Observatory opens in Chile

On Jan. 18, 2002, the National Science Foundation formally opened the Gemini South telescope in Chile. See how it happened in our "On This Day In Space" series!

SpaceX will launch its 1st Starlink satellites of 2021 on Tuesday. Here's how to watch.

SpaceX will launch its first batch of Starlink satellites in 2021 on Tuesday (Jan. 19) to expand the company's growing megaconstellation and you can watch the action live online.

Virgin Orbit launches 10 satellites to orbit in landmark test flight

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket reached orbit today (Jan. 17) on its second test flight — and also successfully deployed 10 satellites.

Watch live Tuesday: SpaceX to launch 1st Starlink mission of 2021

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first Starlink satellite fleet of 2021 on Tuesday (Jan. 19) and you can watch it live online here, courtesy of SpaceX.

'Old Faithful' galaxy has brilliant outbursts every 114 days

An "Old Faithful"-like event in space may shed light on the nature of stars nearby supermassive black holes embedded in galaxies.

How do stars die?

Surprisingly, the fate of a star is easy to predict. All you need to know is how big it is.

Critical engine test for NASA's Space Launch System megarocket shuts down earlier than planned

NASA fired up the core stage of its massive new megarocket Saturday (Jan. 16) in a critical test that appeared to shut down early.

Rocket Lab calls off microsatellite launch due to sensor issue

The small-satellite launch company Rocket Lab called off its first launch of 2021 from New Zealand Saturday (Jan. 16) due to some strange sensor readings ahead of liftoff.

How to spot the Pleiades, Hyades and other star clusters in the winter night sky

For much of the U.S. we're now into the coldest part of the winter season, and for those who may have recently received a telescope for a holiday gift, the biggest complaint usually is: "I'd love to spend time looking at the wintertime stars, but it's so cold!"

'Bumblebee gravity' could explain why the universe is expanding so quickly

Bumblebee gravity could explain dark energy — if it's proven true.

Space photos: The most amazing images this week!

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The top space stories of the week!

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NASA will test-fire its 1st SLS megarocket for moon missions today. Here's how to watch.

NASA will attempt to fire the engines on its Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket for the first time today and you can watch the fiery action live online.

Here's a frightening 1st look at the newly-resurrected 'Alien' series from Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics relaunches the "Alien" comic book franchise in 2021 with this terrifying tale of a Weyland-Yutani mercenary battling a new breed of xenomorph creature.

Vespera, a smart telescope to make astrophotography easier, nabs CES 2021 Innovation Award

Vaonis, a French startup that raised eyebrows in 2018 with its sci-fi robot-looking Stellina smart telescope, has revealed its latest newbie-friendly astrophotography invention.

Cold War heats up on the moon in 'For All Mankind' season 2 trailer for Apple TV+

Space shuttles fly to the moon and astronauts take up arms in the new trailer for the second season of "For All Mankind." The series returns to streaming on Apple TV+ on Feb. 19.

SpaceX swapping out two engines on Starship SN9 prototype ahead of test flight

SpaceX's latest Starship prototype needs some maintenance work before it can take to the skies.

Astronaut William Thornton, who invented space shuttle treadmill, dies at 91

Former NASA astronaut William "Bill" Thornton, who used his own inventions to measure and combat the ill-effects of microgravity while on board two space shuttle missions, has died at the age of 91.

Rian Hughes delivers a modernist sci-fi saga of epic proportions in his debut novel, 'XX'

The acclaimed graphic designer and comics creator explores extreme typographic territory in this wild first contact tale.

2020 ties record for the hottest year ever, NASA analysis shows

The year 2020 has tied the record for the hottest year on record, a new NASA study shows.

Space Chat with Tune in Fridays for science, space and more!

This Friday (Jan. 15), "Space Chat" will explore climate change.

Curiosity rover celebrates 3,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

NASA's Curiosity rover marked 3,000 Martian days, or "sols," on the Red Planet Tuesday (Jan. 12), a mere five weeks before NASA's Perseverance rover is scheduled to touch down.

After 'Apollo 11': New short film goes into 'Quarantine' after first moon landing

Long before millions of people isolated themselves to protect against a pandemic, three astronauts spent 21 days secluded from the rest of the world after being exposed to the moon, as shown in the new short film "Apollo 11: Quarantine."

NASA extends planetary science missions at Mars and Jupiter

NASA is ready to give missions at Mars and Jupiter a little more time to continue their investigations, although there's no guarantee they will finish out their extended missions.

Is NASA about to get its first female leader?

The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris may very well make history with their choice to lead the 62-year-old U.S. space agency.

Space calendar 2021: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more!

Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2021, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences.